Watch for Terrorists with UPS Uniforms Purchased on eBay-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The eRumor says that $32,000 worth of UPS uniforms have been purchased on eBay and that they may be destined for use by bad guys who wants to use them to get into various facilities. The eRumor also includes an alleged warning for New Jersey that someone tried to get into a government building by posing as a UPS worker.
A spokesman for UPS says there are no missing uniforms and that there was no such sale on eBay.
He also denies the New Jersey story and we have not found any independent substantiation of the story.
In late 2006, a new version of the eRumor started circulating that said the warning was from a staff member at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They confirmed for TruthOrFiction.com that the Department of Homeland Security has not issued any such warning and considers it a hoax.
UPS says that UPS drivers are not impersonated very often but if you have a question about the authenticity of a UPS employee, call 1-800-PICK UPS.
UPDATE: A new version of this story surfaced in November 2015. In that version, a letter that appeared to be from the Department of Homeland Security warned that ISIS had purchased stolen UPS uniforms on Ebay. That rumor is false. Click here for the full story.
“Quick security alert: $32,000 worth of UPS uniforms have been purchased
the last 30 days by person(s) unknown on eBay. Law enforcement
is working the case however no suspect(s) have been identified. Subjects
try to gain facility access by wearing these uniforms.
If anyone has suspicions about a UPS delivery (i.e., no truck but
UPS identification, etc.), contact UPS to verify employment.
Please disseminate to all AP staff and Security Officers.
URGENT N.J. OFFICE OF COUNTER-TERRORISM ADVISORY
Re: POSSIBLE IMPERSONATION OF UPS PERSONNEL SEEKING ACCESS TO BUILDINGS
The New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism has received a report of an
attempt by an unknown individual to enter a government facility by
posing as an employee of the United Parcel Service. Based on this
security personnel should exercise heightened vigilance
when screening all delivery personnel at the entrances to all buildings
when accepting deliveries. Such measures should include careful
inspection of credentials and identification of all delivery personnel
ensure that they are who they purport to be.”